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A Hearty, Healthy St. Patty's Day Menu

March 14, 2012

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To some, March 17th is merely a day to wear green and drink Guinness. But to others, particularly those of us who come from a long line of Celts, the holiday ranks up there with Christmas. Between handfuls of chocolate coins, generous servings of corned beef, and an endless flow of green beer, the shamrock spirit will be in full force this weekend. It’s a festive and fun celebration, but health-conscious, it is not.

Here are a few twists on the traditional St. Patty’s Day menu so you can stay healthy and still get your Irish on!

Skinny Green Smoothie

Instead of sipping on soda or beer, opt for a delicious green smoothie to keep you energized all day long. IIN grad Holli Thompson’s recipe from her blog, Nutritional Style calls for detoxing, immunity-boosting ingredients such as kale, cucumber and grapefruit.

Quinoa Egg Bowl

If you do plan on braving the crowds at your local parade, start your day with some healthy protein. This recipe from IIN grad Jenny Sansouci’s blog, Healthy Crush is packed with protein, plus the green kale and avocados will kick off your festive mood for the day.

Whole Wheat Vegan Irish Soda Breadsodabread

This whole wheat, vegan version of the classic Irish treat from The Happy Herbivore can be enjoyed by all with a simple substitution trick. Skip the traditional buttermilk for a dairy-free recipe! 

Slow Cooked Irish Stew

The hearty combination of potatoes, celery, and carrots is the perfect alternative to a heavy dish. This recipe from Healthy-family.org is gluten-free and corn-free, plus it’s easy: leave it in the crockpot all day and dinner’s ready when you get home from the parade!

Quinoa Stuffed Cabbage

As one of the healthier foods we see on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s hard to go wrong with cabbage. But instead of following your Grandma’s recipe again this year, why not mix it up with this recipe from The Vegan Version?

Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

You probably want to get some veggies on the table, and continuing with our Irish theme we turn to another form of cabbage: brussel sprouts. Head to IIN grad Rachel Johnson’s blog, Whole Figured for this mouth-watering recipe.

greenteacookiesGreen Tea Cookies

When it’s time to serve dessert, your family and friends may be looking for something sweet. Here’s a satisfying—yet healthy—recipe from IIN grad Andrea Hood’s blog Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be Local, that’s dairy-free, low-sodium and vegan.

Want even more healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes? Check out our Pinterest board for some festive inspiration!